The Ancient Way - Ritual, Ceremony, and Plants as Medicine

Urubamba, Peru

A
Nov 13 - 21, 2021
Group size: 6 - 8
The Ancient Way - Ritual, Ceremony, and Plants as Medicine
Urubamba, Peru


Nov 13 - 21, 2021
Group size: 6 - 8

About this trip

Join us in the Sacred Valley of Peru to experience The Ancient Way, a journey focused on the power of ritual, healing through ceremony, and using plants as medicine. Together, we’ll go on a journey that deepens our connection with the Earth and with each other. Most of all, we invite you to simply be with the Apus, with the plants, and with each other. The medicine lives in every breath.

During this journey we will:

  • sit with indigenous teachers, learning the law of Ayni (sacred reciprocity) and how to apply the wisdom rooted in Andean cosmovision to today’s world. 
  • go on wildcrafting hikes with our resident Quechua medicine man, Benigno Rayo Días, learning how to harvest honorably. 
  • weave together Western and Andean herbalism, working hands-on with plants from both cultures to create a variety of natural medicines. 
  • attend a variety of interactive workshops with local Quechua guides, including essential oil distilling, shamanic drum making, and learning about the weaving tradition and the ritual that is woven into every one of their fabrics.  
  • sit in ceremony with San Pedro (Wachuma) to deepen our connection with self, with nature, and with Spirit. 
  • visit sacred sites and natural places where we’ll share grounded spiritual practices that you can integrate into your own life.

What's Included

  • 8 nights double occupancy accommodation with private bathrooms in a private location in the Sacred Valley. (Single occupancy may be available for an additional fee. Please inquire for availability.)
  • Nutritious meals. (Vegetarian & vegan options available.)
  • Pick-up from Cusco airport. (Departure must be arranged separately.)
  • Ground transportation during the program.
  • Visits and entrance fees to sacred sites and temples.
  • Sacred water ceremony and visit to a waterfall.
  • Hands-on herbal medicine making workshops with a Quechua medicine woman and a Western herbalist (including Wachuma brewing).
  • 3 traditional Andean plant medicine ceremonies (San Pedro/Wachuma, Coca, Cacao).
  • Andean cosmovision teachings by indigenous teachers.
  • All-day excursion to a high mountain community of weavers for a dying, spinning, and weaving workshop, accompanied by a traditional Andean earth-baked meal (pachamanca) for an authentic taste for the Andean way of life.
  • Traditional shamanic drum making workshop. 
  • Native essential oils making workshop, and medicinal plant hike with Quechua herbalist.
  • Visit to an artisan market. 
  • Floral plant bath.
  • A variety of ceremonial, integration, and healing spaces. 
  • Optional all-day hike to a sacred lagoon. 
  • English - Spanish - Quechua translation.
  • Support with additional travel plans within Peru before or after the journey.

Accomodation

We will be staying in the village of Huaran, nestled in the heart of the Valley. Our hosts designed the space consciously, utilizing natural materials and techniques such as adobe, stones, natural paint dyes, eucalyptus wood, and solar-heated water, all with the intention of connecting and linking us with nature. The common area is surrounded on three sides by floor-to-ceiling windows for breathtaking panoramic views of the mountains. The outdoor space has a beautiful private garden with a variety of lounge areas and hammocks for relaxing. Nourishing meals will be provided every day in our cozy family dining room. 

Cancellation Policy

A deposit of $600 USD due by October 1st is required to reserve your space. This may be paid using Venmo or PayPal. The balance will be due in US Dollars, Euros, or Peruvian Nuevo Soles upon arrival.


If canceling before October 15th, deposits are refundable minus a $100 processing fee. If canceling on or after October 16th, we can refund your deposit minus the processing fee only if we are able to fill your space. If we are unable to fill your space, your deposit is not refundable. We recommend that you take out adequate travel insurance for any cancellations due to unforeseen circumstances.


If there is a cancellation due to sudden international travel restrictions related to COVID-19, your deposit may be used for a future retreat.


If you decide to depart early, there will be no refunds or partial refunds given.

What’s included

  • Flight costs
    Not included

Available Packages

Sliding Scale - $1,800
Available until October 1, 20218 left
$1800
Deposit: $600
Sliding Scale- $1,600
Available until October 1, 20218 left

We offer a sliding scale structure in order to help make these journeys more accessible to folks. Please reflect on your desire to join and privilege. 

$1600
Deposit: $600
Sliding Scale - $1,700
Available until October 1, 20218 left
$1700
Deposit: $600
Sliding Scale - $1,900
Available until October 1, 20218 left
$1900
Deposit: $600
Sliding Scale - $2,000
Available until October 1, 20218 left
$2000
Deposit: $600
Sliding Scale - $2,100
Available until October 1, 20218 left
$2100
Deposit: $600
Sliding Scale - $2,200
Available until October 1, 20218 left
$2200
Deposit: $600


Your Organizer


A
Awamayu
Awamayu is a sustainable travel organization based in the Sacred Valley of Peru, offering journeys centered on the power of ritual, healing through ceremony, and using plants as medicine. We co-create experiences that cultivate authentic connections between conscious individuals and the people, culture, and land of the Andes. We practice living in Ayni—sacred reciprocity and right relationship—with the land that sustains us and with each other. Our goal is to foster meaningful intercultural experiences and support Andean culture.